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Sharon Lynn Williams lives, paints and teaches in Calgary, Alberta, and is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and International Plein Air Painters. She has been happily exploring mixed watermedia for over 25 years and has won multiple awards for her work. Sharon’s favourite saying is “What would happen if . . .” She enjoys adding her own creative spin to her paintings, which creates a dialogue between the work and the artist. Sharon enjoys working with bold colour and shape. Her work is informed by the landscapes that she paints en plein air in oil, her passion for gardening and love of the human figure. Sharon's interpretations of the beauty around her, as well as her vivid imagination make for an eclectic and varied body of work.
Sharon discovered the ancient art of encaustic painting six years ago during a creative lull in the studio. She immediately fell in love with this beautiful yet enigmatic medium. The process involves mixing pure refined beeswax with tree resin for hardness, and then adding dry pigments for luscious colour. This then needs to be heated in small tins on a hot griddle until molten; a brush full of paint cooling almost instantly upon removal from the heat. Each painting layer must then be fused with the previous layers using a torch or a heat gun, which can give unpredictable and fascinating results. As total control is not possible, painting in encaustic requires a delicate give and take; a dance with the heat which is indeed a journey of discovery with each new work.